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August, 2014

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 NEW! From Shirley Clarke

Outstanding Formative Assessment: Culture and PracticeOutstanding Formative Assessment:
Culture and Practice
by Shirley Clarke

For the past 15 years British academic Shirley Clarke has embraced a dynamic definition of formative assessment as a set of proven learning processes with which pupils do better at tests and are more likely to become lifelong learners.  At the heart of this approach to formative assessment is the idea of a learning culture, where children and teachers have a growth mindset, self-belief, meta-cognitive skills and the belief that all can succeed. 

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 Table Of Contents and Introduction
 Growth mindset excerpt
Outstanding Formative Assessment serves as a valuable resource for K-12  educators. Shirley Clarke’s approach to the book describes a framework for effectively integrating the formative process at the classroom level. The author provides the necessary background information, numerous examples of teacher tested strategies for implementing the framework across a range of grade levels and content areas, and QR codes that access video clips of what the ideas shared in the book look like in practice. The author includes examples of strategies from her recent work in the US and in England."

       Kim Zeidler-Watters, University of Kentucky
       College of Education
       Director of the Partnership Institute for
       Math and Science Education Reform


Core sections of the book include:

  • Laying the foundations for formative assessment 
  • Effective starts to lessons
  • Developing the learning
  • Effective ends to lessons
  • Developing a whole-school approach

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  • Helps teachers create an environment for pupils to be active learners, constant reviewers and self-assessors.
  • Ensures teachers start and finish lessons effectively by initially establishing students' prior knowledge and capturing their interest and finally encouraging pupil reflection to find out what has been learned and what still needs to be developed.
  • Develops learning by helping students articulate their understanding and focusing on constant review and improvement.
  • Focuses on whole-school development including lesson study, assessment policies and stories from outstanding schools.

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